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The Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit is holding a meeting to determine its priorities for the coming years. It’s called a synod , and since the Archdiocese was established in 1833, there have been only ten. The last one was in the 1960s. Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron joined Stateside to talk about this rare gathering. He said the impetus for the Synod came from no less than Pope Francis himself.

Detroit choir heading to the Vatican

Mar 24, 2015
Wolfgang Stuck

Pope Francis may not have plans to stop in Michigan when he visits the U.S. next fall, but a Detroit choir is planning to go see him. The Archdiocesan Chorus of Detroit already had plans to visit Rome in January when they received an invitation to sing in a mass at the Vatican. And yes, His Holiness will definitely be there.

Kyle Norris/Michigan Radio

St. Henry’s in Lincoln Park held its first Mass on June 3, 1923 and its last Mass on March 2, 2014. At the end of the church’s final Mass, parish members took the most important objects and walked them out the door. The holy oils were carried by five members of the Olive family. Jackie and Bill Balmes carried out the marriage registry (they’ve been married for 65 years). Four men, including Jim Bomia and his two grandsons, lifted the crucifix off the wall (it weighed several hundred pounds),...

Archdiocese of Detroit

The Detroit Archdiocese has officially released streamlining plans reduce the number of parishes, in order to accommodate what its leaders call demographic changes. This second phase of the Together in Faith plan is years in the making. Over the next four years, Archdiocese will close, merge, or cluster dozens of its 267 current parishes over the next four years. 2 parishes will close. 8 parishes will merge into 4 by the end of 2012. 30 parishes will merge into 14 by 2016. All remaining...

Last week, the Detroit Archdiocese said it will likely close nine churches and consolidate dozens more starting next year. The six-county Detroit Archdiocese, like many across the country, is dealing with a priest shortage and declining membership in many churches. But an advisory groups recommendation to close many of the regions parishesmost clustered in an around the city of Detroithas some Catholics crying foul. Sister Cathey DeSantis heads the Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance, a...

A group advising the Detroit Archdiocese about reorganizing parishes will submit its recommendations to the Archbishop Wednesday evening. The Archdiocesan Pastoral Council is made up mostly of laypeople. The group was tasked with creating a plan to close or merge parishes throughout southeast Michigan. In a letter to Catholic parishoners across the Archdiocese, the Councils chairman explains their recommendations are based on suggestions from parish groups The group also examined demographic...